Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho and Thanksgiving, Too…
Downtown Madison’s Ohio Theatre will be showing five Christmas time classic films and one Thanksgiving movie starting this weekend and continuing until four days before December 25th.
The first will be 1987’s reluctant buddy comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy. Directed by John Hughes, more famous for his ‘brat pack’ teen films of the 1980’s, this film is set primarily on the road as the men try to get to where they need to be for Thanksgiving. It is rated R, lasts 93 Minutes and will be shown Saturday, November 25th at 7:00PM.
The second will be 1954’s Romantic Comedy Musical White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. This Michael Curtiz (Director of Casablanca) film has been shown at the Ohio Theatre in Madison for many years and is seen as somewhat of a tradition. The song ‘White Christmas’ itself is famously known as the world’s best selling single. It is Not Rated, lasts 2 Hours and
will be shown on Saturday, December 23rd at 2:00PM.
The third will be 1994’s Christmas Comedy film Mixed Nuts, starringSteve Martin and Madeline Kahn. Directed by Nora Ephrom, who also directed Sleepless in Seattle, the film is not a critical favorite, but has a cult following for it’s non-traditional representation of a holiday movie. It is 97 minutes long, rated PG-13 and shows on Friday, December 8th at 7:00PM.
The fourth will be 1988’s Christmas comedy film Scrooged, starring Bill Murray. This modernization of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is directed by Richard Donner (who made the first Superman film in 1978) and a Scrooge character who is a selfish TV executive in New York City. It is 101 minutes, rated PG-13 and will be shown on Friday, December 15th at 7:00PM.
The fifth will be the 1946 comedy drama film It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. This is probably the most famous Christmas themed film to be shown or watched every year, and is typically also shown on television. It was directed by Frank Capra (It Happened One Night) and he claims it to be his favorite film out of all the many classics he has made. It is 130 minutes long, rated PG and will be shown on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00PM.
The sixth will be the 1989 Christmas comedy sequel National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This third (out of four) installment in the National Lampoon ‘Vacation’ films starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid is considered a modern holiday classic and was directed by little known director Jeremiah Chechik (Benny & Joon). It is 97 minutes long, rated PG-13 and will be shown on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00PM.
All tickets are $5.
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